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Tree stake drivers? Other than human powered.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Green Pastures, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    Doing a job we're doing right that includes installing 78 trees.

    We are 6" below average rainfall for this year already. Needless to say the soil is like a rock around here.

    We've been putting 3 stakes per tree as required by the job's contract.

    It's killing my manhours as it's taking AT LEAST 20 minutes to drive three stakes, I considered half of that.....

    Is there something like a gas powered stake driver or maybe an attatchment for a Cat 257B that drives stakes with hydraulic power?
  2. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    I have seen the temporary fence companies use a pneumatic one to drive in the metal stakes. I think it may destroy a wood stake though. I would be curious my self, we are doing a re-stake job with 111 trees removing the transport stakes and double staking them. But I told the guy it was a T&M job so I'm not sweating it so much.
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    You could try a small auger bit on a drill to get the holes going and then use a fence post driver to ram them in.Trees don't need three stakes,two is plenty if propely placed.
  4. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    Have you seen how big these trees are?

    Besides the contract calls for 3 stakes if you read my post you'd know that....:)

    Also already tried the auger...pre-drill.....doesn't help much at all. Thanks for that suggestion though.
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    Can you GUY them instead of staking them?Try to clause the contract to allow you to do so?
  6. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    I know you are looking for something other han man power, but are you using a regular hammer or a slide hammer?
  7. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 863

    I'm curious, how was it that the gas powered rotory hammer drill didn't help?
  8. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 837

    But still human powered......When we drive posts for temporary/site safety/security chainlink fence I just get in the Kubota and drops the bucket on the Gal pipe...either drives em in or bends em like a toothpick:rolleyes:
  10. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 566

    check out this powered shovel that also drives tree stakes. at www.dynadiggr.com


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